Bath’s when you have 2 small children

Pre-Baby Baths….

Bath’s pre-baby were things of luxury. You had a bath because you wanted too. A perfect way to wind down and relax after a stressful day.

A perfect way to wind down and relax after a stressful day.

Often there would be a book present, occasionally you would maybe bathe in the dark with relaxing candles and maybe even music. Sometimes the hubby would be invited. The ultimate downtime.

The ultimate downtime.

If I had known how different doing g something as simple as having a bath after kids would be like, I would have had one every night.

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I would have taken advantage.

Post kids life is full of what if’s.

Here are the realities of having a bath when you are a mother.

Baths after kids

So you’ve had the baby, the endless sleepless nights have been going on for a few nights now. The lovely newborn haze is wearing off and your ready to leave you baby and have a BATH!

That right you look like death and you stink (This was me, I’m sure you don’t stink. Nobody will tell you because you probably have raging hormones right about now or will be a tearful wreck… just me again )

So you really have 2 options here:

  1. You can wait till the baby has gone down for the night, chances are they aren’t sleeping thru yet. You probably have a 3-4 hour window of opportunity unless the baby is a feeding machine. Then you have about 30 minutes. My advice here would be ditch the candles and the soothing music. If you have a shower take that option. If not then make sure you speed wash, that’s body and hair. Don’t forget you may need to dry your hair so figure at least 10 minutes of drying and brushing. Personally I very rarely dry my hair, I’m a terrible role model. This is probably why I always look so terrible!
  2. You can get your better (or in my case worse) other half to watch the kids.This happened to me this morning and was pure bliss. The pointers to remember with this option is to get everything ready before you jump in the tub. So that’s hair dryer, straighteners towel etc. I’ve had times where I’ve popped down for the hair dryer and been coerced into quickly getting dressed back down to the kids. I won’t get lured into that trap again.

2 Children or more = Relaxing baths are no more!

When you have 2 children or more the chance of having a relaxing time in the bath is well and truly over. Nowadays I try and have a quick bath when both boys are asleep (this very rarely happens). More often than not I now have a bath after the kids are both in bed (that’s 7 pm for Max and 8pm for Kai).

Thos really drives me nuts because when the kids are in bed I want to just wind down and personal hygiene isn’t a treat for me anymore (I apologise to my friends and family for this). Sometimes it cant be avoided. I often share my bath with rubber ducks and all sorts.

I dread the day the kids want to climb in with me.

It’s bad enough that Max points and says boobies if he catches me getting changed!!!

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17 Comments

  1. November 14, 2016 / 11:11 am

    I always wait until they’re both in bed before attempting a bath, and last week that meant leaping out as soon as I’d got in to put the little one’s dummy back in leaving a trail of suds behind me!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

    • Kris
      November 18, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      With 2 you have to get them in whenever you can. My little one doesn’t have a dummy (he would rather slobber over his hand) so we don’t have the dummy falling out situation. Thanks so much for stop[puing by.

  2. November 14, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Ah yes! I remember those luxurious baths because you just felt like it! I only have 1 child so I still get to have a bath occasionally when she’s asleep. But the bathroom is next to her bedroom so I run is really slowly so I don’t wake her. I don’t have music…so I don’t wake her. I have to pick-up and put-down everything very carefully…so I don’t wake her. And then I remember the 101 things I was going to do that evening so we could eat / not live in squalour and then don’t have a bath again for months! I cannot imagine ever having one if we had 2!

    Thanks for sharing x #MarvMondays

    • Kris
      November 18, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      haha I’m with you on the housework. It’s the choice between having a bath or doing the washing up. Funnily my husband never has this problem. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. November 14, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    #marvmondays this is interesting. My mr takes over for Sunday evenings so I can indulge and some weeks it’s the only time I spend time ‘being me’ rather than mummy, miss, or mrs…I love my Sunday baths. I do only have one little man who’s three – I’m now never risking loosing bath time for baby 2. Thanks for the heads up

    • Kris
      November 17, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      your so lucky that your other half takes over on a Sunday afternoon. I used to get a few extra hours sleep on a weekend sometimes but that’s a rarity now that there’s 2 of them 🙂

  4. November 15, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Even now my daughter is six she still just wonders into the bathroom. I try and have one in the morning before she wakes up! #MarvMondays

    • Kris
      November 17, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      We used to be like this as kids, perched in the toilet eat while mums having a soak lol

  5. November 15, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I seriously haven’t had a bath for over 3 years! I don’t stink thanks to showers thank goodness but I have put a bubble bath on my own on my Christmas Todo list! And I’ve got 3 children! #marvMondays

    • Kris
      November 17, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      A Christmas bath is a must haha I do like a shower, sadly we only have a tub.

  6. November 15, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I’ve never really found baths relaxing then when we moved into our house two years ago with a shower I suddenly found a way of getting clean that I actually semi enjoyed! However now with a 4 month old and 19 month old 1 I can never shower in peace and 2 I have to shower quicker than lightening of my also worse half isn’t around incase one tries to beat up the other or they find the sharp objects drawer! #MarvMondays

    • Kris
      November 17, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Oh I love a bath always have. I know what you mean about the kids beating each other up Max is 2 and Kai is 3 months and it’s a constant battle. One that’s not likely to get much better anytime soon 🙂

  7. November 16, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Preach it! I went through this last night! Eldest went to bed at 8, and the youngest one was having a post-milk nap. Just as I settled in among the bubbles, the baby woke up and would not be soothed, meaning my lovely bath went cold and I wasted a coveted bath bomb! *hmph* parenting, ey? x #MarvMondays

    • Kris
      November 17, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      We really do get the raw deal as parents don’t you think.I’m always the one whose dinner goes cold. We’ve just come back today from Disneyland Paris and I made a point of having a few very long baths 🙂

  8. November 20, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I still have a bath every night but after the kids are in bed otherwise the chances are one of them will need a poo, or some other bodily function… #marvmondays

  9. November 21, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    So true!! My daughter wont have a bath without me getting in too. The joy of a lukewarm, questionably coloured toddler bath eh. I miss a hot bath surrounded by yankee candles, watching you tube with a wine in hand. Bliss.

    • Kris
      November 21, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      I’ve never actually had a bath with Max, but that def doesn’t sound like fun. Totally off topic but I’ve been bathing the 2 kids together lately and they love it, such a time saver 🙂

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